Deepika & Co bag silver, India end with three medals in Archery WC Stage 3
Paris, Jun 26 (Archery News) The Indian women's recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur settled for a silver medal after the trio's fairytale run was halted by Chinese Taipei in a one-sided final at the World Cup Stage 3 here on Sunday.
India concluded their campaign with one gold and two silver medals -- two of them coming in the compound section.
The women's recurve team, who bagged a lowly 13th seed after the trio slipped out of top-30 in their individual qualification rounds, failed to make much of an impact and lost to Chinese Taipei 5-1 (53-56 56-56 53-56) in straight sets.
With Rio Olympics team bronze medallist Lei Chien-Ying in the line up, third seed Chinese Taipei mounted early pressure with two 10s and four 9s as India shot a 7 in the first set that proved to be the turning point.
The Indian trio bounced back to level the second set but that was not enough as it again slipped in the third set, while Chinese maintained their consistency to seal the gold.
Nevertheless it was a memorable return for world no. 3 Deepika, who returned with a team silver after being sidelined following her Tokyo Olympics debacle.
But the tournament was all about compound archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam's dream comeback, who led India's medal tally with one gold (mixed team event with Abhishek Verma) and one silver (individual) on Saturday.
The world no. 3 Jyothi too was snubbed in the Asian Games trial earlier this year.
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Abhishek-Jyothi pair grabs maiden compound mixed team gold for India in archery World Cup
Paris, Jun 25 (Archery News) India won its maiden World Cup gold in compound mixed team archery event after the duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam outclassed their experienced French opponents at the Stage 3 edition here on Saturday.
Riding on a spectacular start, the Indians withered late resistance from the French pair of Jean Boulch and 48-year-old Olympic medallist Sophie Dodemont to seal the contest 152-149, a first-ever World Cup gold for India in the compound mixed team event .
The gold also opened the account of Indian archers, who have assured a second medal in the women's recurve team event where the trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur will fight for the yellow metal on Sunday.
Making a comeback after more than seven months, world no. 3 Jyothi, who was sidelined in the Asian Games trial, is also in the hunt for another medal as she takes on French veteran Sophie in the individual semifinal later in the day.
A Beijing Olympics bronze medalist, Sophie switched to compound discipline after failing to make the 2012 London Olympics squad.
The third-seeded Indians got off to a flier, drilling in four 10s that included two Xs to race to a three-point lead and put early pressure on the French pair.
The Indians managed just one 10 in the second end as the French duo reduced the deficit to one-point.
The third was a tie, while in the deciding fourth end, Abhishek and Jyothi held their nerves to edge out their opponents by two points to annexe the title.
The most successful Indian compound pair of Abhishek and Jyothi have a handful of World Cup bronze medals and their best has been a World Cup Final silver at Yankton last year.
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Archery World Cup Stage 3: Compound mixed pair make final, confirm second medal for India
Paris, Jun 24 (Archery News) Indian archers assured themselves of a second medal in the World Cup Stage 3 with ace duo of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam sailing into the compound mixed team final here on Friday.
A day after Deepika Kumari and Co. cruised into the final of recurve women's team event to confirm their first medal of the meet, the compound mixed pair of Verma and Jyothi followed suit, defeating Estonia's Robin Jaatma and Lisell Jaatma 156-151 in a lopsided semi-final.
The Indian duo will face fifth seed France in the compound mixed team final on Saturday.
Making a comeback after more than seven months, world number 3 Jyothi, who was sidelined in the Asian Games trial, is also in the hunt for an individual medal, having advanced into the semi-final.
A day after Lisell gave Jyothi a tough fight in the individual quarterfinal, the Estonian along with her teammate Robin failed to create much pressure and slipped behind after the Indian pair had a perfect first round.
Maintaining their consistency, Verma and Jyothi extended their lead to five points in the third round that proved decisive, even as their rivals levelled it 38-38 in the final set of arrows.
Having got a bye into the pre-quarters, third seeded India began their mixed team campaign eliminating Puerto Rico by a handsome eight-point margin (158-150).
In the quarters, the Indian duo faced their stiffest challenge from El Salvador's Roberto Hernandez and Sofia Paiz who stretched it to shoot-off.
But Verma and Jyothi kept their calm to oust their 11th seed opponents, drilling in an X which made the difference in the shoot-off after their final scoreline read an identical 155-155 (19-19).
A new-look recurve mixed pair of Tarundeep Rai and Ankita Bhakat, however, made a first round exit going down to lower-ranked Kazakhstan 4-5 (34-36 37-33 37-35 35-36) (18-20) in a shoot-off.
The Indian duo was inconsistent and squandered a 4-2 lead from being 0-2 down as the Kazakh bounced back to force a shootoff.
In the shootoff, Rai and Ankita managed two 9s as the Kazakh pair sealed it with two perfect 10s.
Ankita made the cut at the expense of world number 3 Deepika Kumari, who slipped in the qualification round.
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Back with a bang: Indian women's team storms into final
Paris, Jun 23 (Archery News) India's recurve archers, who had a nightmarish qualification round in the women's event, bounced back strongly to storm into the final, confirming their first medal at the ongoing World Cup Stage 3 here on Thursday.
A day after all of them slipped out of top-30 in the qualifying round to get a lowly 13th seed, the trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur beat Ukraine, Britain and Turkey en route the summit clash.
They will be against Chinese Taipei on Sunday.
The Indian women's recurve trio started off by eliminating fourth-seed Ukraine 5-1 (57-53 57-54 55-55).
Against Great Britain in the quarterfinals, they dropped just four points to down their opponents 6-0 (59-51 59-51 58-50).
In the semifinals, they had a slow start, aggregating 56 in the first set but their eighth-seeded Turkish rivals Gulnaz Coskun, Ezgi Basaran and Yasemin Anagoz shot a poor 51 to concede the first set by five points.
The Indians stepped up in the second set to edge out their rivals by one-point before they went on to lose their first set of the day when the Turkish team won the third 55-54 to make it 2-4.
Needing a tie in the fourth set to confirm their passage to the final, the Indians held their nerve and stood to their task for a 5-3 (56-51 57-56 54-55 55-55) win.
Luck also was on their side as they did not have to face their nemesis Koreans as the top-seeds were upset by eighth-seeded Turkish team in the quarters.
In the final on Sunday, they will be up against the third seed Chinese Taipei, who have Rio Olympics team bronze medallist Lei Chien-Ying in the line up.
The men's recurve team of Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Pravin Jadhav, seeded eighth, was eliminated after losing first round against Switzerland.
Having got a bye into the pre-quarters, the Indian trio lost 4-5 to Florian Faber, Keziah Chabin and Thomas Rufer in the shoot-off (53-57 58-54 49-53 58-50) (25-25).
The shoot-off also was a tie and the Swiss team was declared winner since its final arrow landed close to the centre.
Locked two-all, Indians suffered badly in the third set shooting a series of five 8s, which proved to be decisive in the end.
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World Cup 3: Indian archers go down in compound team events
Paris, Jun 22 (Archery News) Indian women's compound team lost the bronze play-off to France while the men's team was eliminated from the Archery World Cup Stage 3 after losing its quarterfinal to Turkey, here on Wednesday.
A day after World Championship silver medallist Jyothi Surekha Vennam raised the expectation with a second-place finish, the women's trio of Jyothi, Priya Gurjar and Muskan Kirar lost 228-231 to Britain in the semifinal.
Fighting for the bronze, the team squandered a two-point lead to lose to French opponents Sophie Dodemont, Lola Grandjean and Sandra Herve 231-233.
Having got a bye into the quarterfinals, the third seeded Indian women's team had started off by eliminating their Brazilian rivals 230-227.
The men's team of Abhishek Verma, Mohan Bhardwaj and Aman Saini began with a 234-232 win over South Africa but suffered a one-point defeat against Turkey, going down 234-235.
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Jyothi returns with a bang, finishes second in qualification round
Paris, Jun 21 (Archery News) Making a comeback to the national side after more than seven months, star compound archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam on Tuesday emerged as the best among Indians with a second place finish in qualification round of the World Cup Stage 3 here.
World Championship sliver medallist Jyothi, who had failed to make the Indian team for the Asian Games, was back at her best as she shot 712 points to finish second behind Ella Gibson of Great Britain.
Riding on Jyothi's show, the Indian women team had a third place finish, while the mixed team also got an identical seeding as she will reunite with star male compound archer Abhishek Verma.
Former Asian Games gold medallist, Verma was the best among the Indian male archers, finishing sixth in the qualification as the team got fourth seeding.
The world number 3, Jyothi, was shockingly ousted from the Indian team for the Asian Games and first three stages of the World Cup in the national trial in March this year.
She made a comeback after the national federation (AAI) conducted fresh trials for the World Cup Stage 3 following the postponement of the Asian Games.
All eyes now would be on world number 3 Deepika Kumari in the recurve qualification round which will get underway on Wednesday. Deepika too is making a comeback after her Tokyo Olympics debacle last year.
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Archer Deepika Kumari set for India comeback at Paris
Paris, Jun 20 (Archery News) Sidelined after the Tokyo Olympics debacle, star Indian archer Deepika Kumari is all set to make a India comeback in the upcoming Stage 3 of the World Cup beginning here on Tuesday.
Exactly a year after she won an individual gold here in the same tournament last year, the 28-year-old world number three will look to redeem herself after failing to win a medal at the Tokyo Games.
That the Olympics is slated in two years at the same venue will be an added motivation for Deepika, who also has won a World Cup Final silver medal here in 2013.
Having returned empty-handed from her third Olympics campaign last year, Deepika saw a slump in form along with her husband and country's top male archer Atanu Das and failed to make the Indian team.
The duo also could not qualify for the team for the Asian Games which was later postponed as the Archery Association of India conducted a fresh trial of the top-eight archers for the Stage 3 of the World Cup.
Earlier the same squad was to compete in both the World Cup Stage 3 and the Asian Games but after the postponement Deepika and Pravin Jadhav, who were in the top-8 of the earlier conducted trial, got a fresh opportunity and made the cut.
Das, however, missed out having finished outside top-8 in the earlier conducted trial.
Deepika made the cut at the expense of Komalika Bari, while her Tokyo Olympic mixed team partner Jadhav ousted Sachin Gupta to complete the World Cup Stage 3 lineup.
Deepika was last seen in action for India in the Yankton World Cup Final in September 2021 where she finished fourth.
The compound section also saw the return of World Championships silver medalist Jyothi Surekha Vennam who too had failed to make the Asian Cup contingent earlier this year.
World number 3 Jyothi last competed at Dhaka Asian Championships in November last year where she won an individual gold. She returned in place of Raginee Makoo.
Sangampreet Bisla too made a comeback ousting veteran Rajat Chauhan in the compound section.
India Team: Recurve Men: Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar, Pravin Jadhav and Neeraj Chauhan.
Recurve Women: Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat, Ridhi Phor and Simranjeet Kaur.
Compound Men: Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini, Mohan Bhardwaj and Sangampreet Bisla.
Compound Women: Jyothi Surekha Venna, Priya Gurjar, Avneet Kaur and Muskan Kirar.
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KIYG: Haryana's Riddi, Maharashtra's Aditi Swami bag archery gold to keep title race evenly poised
Panchkula, Jun 12 (Archery News) Haryana's Riddhi and Rajasthan's Kapish Singh came from behind to clinch the girls and boys' recurve archery gold while Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh shared the spoils in compound archery on the penultimate day of the Khelo India Youth Games here on Sunday.
With both, the hosts and the defending champions, winning one title each, Maharashtra held on to their solitary gold lead, with a total of 38 gold, 35 silver and 29 gold while Haryana have 37 gold, 34 silver and 39 bronze.
Tamil Nadu girls clinched the football gold with a 2-0 win over Jharkhand, with Shanmuga Priya and Shanmugapriya, two girls with the same name, scoring a goal each.
The main attraction of the morning session was the archery action at Panjab University with all four gold medals at stake.
The two recurve summit clashes were contested between state-mates. In a repeat of last edition's final, Haryana's Riddhi fought back from 2-4 down to beat Tamanna 6-4 and avenge the loss in Guwahati.
In the boy's final, Singh lost the opening set but stormed back in style to beat Ajay Nagarwal 7-3.
Maharashtra had a chance to extend their lead at the top with their compound archers reaching the final in both the girls and boys category.
Aditi Swami gave them the perfect start with a convincing 144-137 win over Punjab's Avneet Kaur. However, Parth Korde went down to Andhra Pradesh’s Kunderu Venkatadri 144-143, handing Maharashtra just one gold.
Twelve-year-old Madala Surya Hamsini bagged the bronze medal.
The girls basketball final will see Punjab face Tamil Nadu after the two teams registered contrasting wins in the semis. Favourites Punjab hammered Rajasthan 74-46 while Tamil Nadu edged past Karnataka 65-62.
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Verma & Co win successive World Cup archery gold, Bhardwaj clinches silver
Gwangju (South Korea), May 21 (Archery News) The Indian men's compound archery team on Saturday came from behind to prevail over France by two points in an intense finish to win the gold medal in successive World Cup stages.
Unheralded Mohan Bhardwaj also shared the limelight as he stunned reigning world champion Nico Wiener en route to winning a dream World Cup individual silver medal as Indian compound archers outshone their much-fancied recurve teammates.
A day after the Olympic discipline recurve archers ended their campaign with a solitary bronze (in women's team event), India bagged one gold, one silver and one bronze in the compound section on Saturday to end their World Cup Stage 2 campaign with five medals.
That the compound archers bagged one gold, one silver and two bronze from India's total medal count of five summed up their dominance compared to the TOPS-supported Olympic discipline recurve archers.
India began the day with the men's compound team dishing out a superb fightback to prevail over France 232-230 to win the gold medal.
In a repeat of the Stage 1 final, the fourth-seeded men's team, comprising Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan, found itself trailing against its sixth-seed rivals in the first two ends.
But riding on an immaculate finish in the third end the trio sealed a 232-230 win over its French counterparts Adrien Gontier, Jean Philippe Boulch and Qentin Baraer to win the World Cup Stage 2 gold.
In the last World Cup final at Antalya in April, the same Indian trio had defeated France by one-point.
"It's our second consecutive win (this season). We were the best in Turkey and we proved it again. We are very happy about that," Verma said.
"We know the strategy of France and we know their potential. We changed our strategy after the third round and it helped up," Chauhan pointed out.
Verma went on to win a second medal when he along with Avneet Kaur pipped higher-seeded Turkey's Amircan Haney and Ayse Bera Suzer 156-155 to win the bronze in the mixed team event.
For Kaur, this was her second bronze having won a team bronze in the women's event earlier.
Starting off with 39-all, the sixth-seeded Indian duo trailed by two points in the second end (77-79) with its fourth-seeded rivals shooting four 10s including three Xs (closer to the centre).
Verma and Kaur narrowed the deficit to one point in the third end shooting 39/40 and finished off in style with a perfect fourth end -- four 10s, including one X.
Later in the day, world number 223 Bhardwaj, who made his World Cup debut only last month, conjured up the biggest win of his career when he shocked his world number 7 Austrian opponent 143-141 in the semifinal en route to claim a silver.
Trailing by two points after first two ends, the 32-year-old, who won a silver at this year Senior Nationals, produced a remarkable comeback by winning the third with two 10s to level it 85-all.
Having fallen behind by one-point in the fourth end, Bhardwaj finished it off in style with three 10s.
The Uttarakhand archer's dream run finally ended in the final by none other than Dutch world number one Mike Schloesser (141-149).
This was his first individual medal at the international stage. Bhardwaj had won his maiden international medal, a team silver, at the Bangkok Asian Championships in 2019.
Qualified as a lowly 42nd seed, Bhardwaj packed off the Australian duo of Patrick Coghlan (146-144) and Scott Brice (146-143) in the first two rounds. The 46-year-old Slovakian world No. 12 Jozef Bosansky, who qualified as seventh seed, became the victim of Bhardwaj's giant-killing act in the pre-quarterfinals (149-145).
Bhardwaj then ousted local favourite Yang Jaewon 147-140 to make the last-four.
In the men's compound team final, France started off with a 57 in the first end. Verma shot in the red ring (8) with his second arrow but Saini and Chauhan showed perfect team bonding to finish with two 10s to make sure the deficit was just one point.
Both teams shot identical scores of 58/60 in the second end. India stepped it up with three 10s in their second set of arrows as France also matched them to retain their overall one-point lead.
Shooting first as they trailed in the third end, India showed tremendous resilience to turn it around with three 10s as their under-pressure French rivals shot a couple of 9s to fall behind.
Showing calm nerves, the Indian trio sealed it with another round of three 10s to make it 60 out of 60, while their opponents managed just 56 as India turned the tables from a one-point deficit to a three-point cushion (174-171) going into the decisive fourth end.
It was all about not doing anything silly as the Indian team capped it with four 10s to make it 58, against the French trio's 59 but that was not enough as the Indian compound men's team won their second gold of the season.
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Archery World Cup Stage 2: Indian women's team wins recurve bronze
Gwangju (South Korea), May 19 (Archery News) Indian women archers won a team bronze in the recurve section to take their medal's tally to three at the World Cup Stage 2 here on Thursday.
On a day when Indian men made a quarterfinal exit going down to lower-ranked France, the young trio of Ridhi Phor, Komalika Bari and Ankita Bhakat defeated Chinese Taipei 6-2 (56-52, 54-51, 54-55, 55-54) in a one-sided bronze medal play-off encounter.
Displaying a consistent show, the trio drilled in three perfect 10s and eight 9s from the first 12 arrows to cruise to a 4-0 lead.
Two arrows (8-8) in the inner red circle cost them the third set but they bounced back strongly in the fourth to wrap the issue with one X and five 9s.
The Indian women's team had to fight for a bronze after they lost out to its nemesis and home favourites Korea 2-6 (53-55, 57-55, 51-53, 43-53) in the semi-final.
It wasn't as if the top-seeded team shot some great scores but the Indian women choked under pressure. They were at their inconsistent best and only time they could up their game was in the second set where they had a spectacular show of four 10s including one X and one 9.
But in the fourth set, they misfired an arrow, while another shot in the red-ring (7) snuffed out any chance of a fight, even as the famed Koreans totalled an ordinary 53.
Earlier a new look men's team which had the experienced duo of Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar along with debutant Neeraj Chauhan capped a disastrous outing to lose out to their 15th-seeded France 2-6 (54-57, 55-52, 53-55, 47-53).
The seventh-seeded men's team had two 8s in the first set and put up an improved show to win the second but they slipped again and were eliminated with a horror show in the fourth set where they shot twice in the red rings (8-7) and once in the blue-ring (6).
On Wednesday, the men's compound team stormed into the final to assure at least a silver, while the women's team won a bronze to open their account.
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Indian archers reign supreme with eight gold, four silver and two bronze
Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), May 11 (Archery News) The Indian junior archers capped a stunning show by winning eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals to top the medals tally at the Asia Cup Stage 2 here on Wednesday.
On the concluding day, India bagged five gold, four silver and one bronze that included a rare clean sweep in the compound men's individual section, adding to their Tuesday tally of three gold and one bronze.
Recurve archer Mrinal Chauhan spearheaded the Indian challenge on the final day to finish with double gold medals, while Prathamesh Fuge reigned supreme in the compound section by signing off with a hat-trick of gold medals.
India thus upstaged Bangladesh who failed to replicate their Stage 1 show in Bangkok where they had topped the medal standings in March.
India had sent a junior team for the continental event which had a depleted field without Asian heavyweights Korea, China and Chinese Taipei.
India's golden day began with the recurve women's team of Bhajan Kaur, Avani and Laxmi Hembrom edging out Bangladeshi trio of Akter Nasrin, Diya Siddique and Beauty Ray in a thrilling final to bag the day's first gold on offer.
Down 0-2, India bounced back to level 4-4 and the shoot-off too was a locked affair as both teams shot identical scores of (10-10-9) and India were declared winners after it landed one of the 10s closer to the centre.
The men's recurve team, on the other hand, had it easy against their Bangladeshi rivals winning it 5-1.
Having started off with identical 55s, the trio of Parth Salunkhe, Mrinal Chauhan and Juyel Sarkar stepped up, winning the next two sets (57-55, 56-54) to grab the second gold on offer on the day.
India however failed to replicate the success in the recurve mixed team final as the duo of Salunkhe and Bhajan squandered a 2-0 lead to go down to Uzbekistan's Abdusattorova Ziyodakhon and Amirkhan Sadikov 4-5 (18-19) to settle for a silver.
Having started off winning the first set 35-34, India lost the second set 35-37. They regained the lead and made it 4-2 with a 38-36 win in the third set, but they failed to close out in the fourth set.
They landed in the red circle twice (8-8) en route to losing 34-36, which proved to be decisive in the end.
They managed two 9s in the shoot-off, which was not enough as their Uzbek counterparts sealed the gold, shooting 9-10.
In the afternoon session, Salunkhe defeated Sadikov 6-4 to bag the recurve men's individual bronze as he signed off with three medals -- one team gold, mixed team silver and an individual bronze.
Bhajan Kaur lost the recurve women's individual final with a 2-6 defeat to Mahta Abdollahi to settle for silver.
Chauhan won the recurve men's individual title, with a lopsided 6-2 win over top-ranked recurve archer in the fray, Ruman Shana (world rank 42).
The compound individual section saw an all-Indian finals.
Sakshi Chaudhary won the women's title beating Parneet Kaur 140-138.
In the last event of the meet, Fuge upset Rishabh Yadav (no 66), the top-ranked compound archer in fray, with a narrow two-point margin (146-144) to secure a hat-trick.
Fuge had on Tuesday won the compound team gold and compound mixed team gold.
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Asia Cup Archery: India bag three gold, one bronze
Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), May 10 (Archery News) Indian archers were all on target, bagging three gold and a bronze to open their account at the Asia Cup Leg 2 here on Tuesday.
It all began with Parneet Kaur, Aditi Swami and Saskhi Chaudhary clinching India's first gold medal of the continental meet, defeating Kazakhstan 204-201.
The men's team of Prathamesh Fuge, Rishabh Yadav and Jawkar Samadhan then followed it up with India's second gold when it downed Bangladeshi counterparts 224-218 in a lopsided final.
Samadhan also went on to bag his second medal when he overcame Sergey Khristich of Kazakhstan 147-145 in a tight bronze playoff.
Samadhan's bronze medal gave India a clean sweep in the compound men's individual section where Prathamesh Fuge and Rishabh Yadav will battle for the gold medal on Wednesday.
India bagged a third gold in the compound mixed team event when the duo of Fuge and Parneet Kaur downed Kazakh duo of Adel Zhexenbinova and Khristich 158-151.
On the concluding day on Wednesday, Indian archers are in the hunt for seven gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
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Asia Cup Stage 2: Indian junior archers make it six finals out of six
Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), May 8 (Archery News) Indian junior archers on Sunday had a dream run in the Asia Cup Stage 2, making it to six finals in recurve and compound team events here.
Indian men's recurve team of Parth Salunkhe, Mrinal Chauhan and Juyel Sarkar, who got top billing in the qualification, downed their counterparts from Uzbekistan 6-0 in a one-sided affair to set up a gold medal clash against Bangladesh.
The top-seeded women's recurve team of Bhajan Kaur, Avani and Laxmi Hembrom beat Kazakhstan 5-1 in the semifinal. They will also take on Bangladesh in the gold medal clash.
Indian recurve mixed team of Salunkhe and Bhajan then made it three out of three when they overcame a 0-2 deficit to down Iran 6-2 en route to the final. India will take on Uzbekistan in the recurve mixed gold medal match.
India also made it three out of three finals in compound team events.
The men's team of Prathamesh Fuge, Rishabh Yadav and Jawkar Samadhan defeated their rivals from Kuwait 230-225 to set up a summit clash against Bangladesh.
In the women's section, the trio of Parneet Kaur, Aditi Swami and Sakshi Chaudhary defeated hosts Iraq 225-218 en route to a gold medal clash against Kazakhstan.
In the compound mixed team event, Fuge and Parneet downed Iraq 152-145 to set up a gold medal clash against Kazakhstan.
The national federation had sent a junior team for the event.
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Archer Sachin Gupta bags 3 golds in Khelo India University Games
Bengaluru, May 1 (Archery News) Recurve archer Sachin Gupta grabbed three gold medals for Kuruskshetra University to create a flutter in the Khelo India University Games here on Sunday.
The morning session was dominated by Gupta as the 23-year-old lit up the competition, grabbing three golds in three finals in the recurve archery — the most dominant display by any archer at the games.
Gupta, a student at Kurukshetra University, kicked off his personal flurry in the men's singles, beating Yashdeep Bhoge in a close match 6-4.
An hour later, one gold became two when Gupta teamed up with Kirti to win the mixed recurve. By the end of the day, he had added the men's team recurve gold to his tally.
Gupta had returned to competition after a five year break from the sport.
Elsewhere, Bangalore City University defended their KIUG title in the men's hockey competition beating Guru Nanak Dev University 3-0 in the final.
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World Cup Stage 1 : India compound men's team bag gold
Antalya, Apr 23 (Archery News) Indian men's compound archery team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini downed France by one-point in a thrilling final to win the gold medal at the World Cup Stage 1 here on Saturday.
This was the men's compound team's first World Cup gold medal since Shanghai 2017.
India, however, lost out on a second medal after the compound mixed pair of Verma and Muskan Kirar went down 156-157 to Croatia in the bronze medal playoff.
In the compound men's team final, the Indian trio started off with a one-point deficit, losing the first end 56-57 to their French rivals of Jean Philippe Boulch, Quentin Baraer and Adrien Gontier.
India slowly improved on their first-end score by one-point but the French team had a near perfect set of 59/60 comprising three four 10s, including arrows closer to the centre (X) to extend their lead (113-116).
Trailing by three points, Indians showed amazing resilience to drill in a perfect end of 60/60 with two Xs to win the third set 60-58, and curtail the deficit by one-point (173-174).
There was no stopping the Indian trio thereafter as they shot a 59 in the fourth end, with the under-pressure Frenchmen managing 57 to go down by one-point.
"Mentally we were really strong today, and we've been preparing for this event only and we have the Asian Games coming up this year which is something we also want to do well at," 24-year-old Saini, who bagged his first World Cup gold, said.
"After the gold medal that gives us a great confidence boost especially for the other world cup events, it will hopefully help us." On Sunday, India's recurve mixed team pair of Tarundeep Rai and Ridhi Phor will be vying for a second gold after having defeated Spain in the semi-final 5-3.
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